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Public Engagement with Research

Bringing Research to Life Roadshow

The annual 'Bringing Research to Life Roadshow' is designed to help researchers develop effective ways of sharing their work with the public.

We tour both regional and national events between May and September and visit a wide variety of events. In a typical year we work with research groups from across the University and reach 20,000 people.

Our 2019 tour went to:

We are reviewing our Roadshow strategy for 2020. Our consultation work on this revised strategy is particularly informed by UKRI's new vision for public engagement.

The current aims of the Roadshow are:

  1. To provide a research showcase for impact and public engagement
  2. To provide experiential research communication training
  3. To engage a wide variety of audiences
  4. To increase visibility to key partners 
  5. To connect researchers across disciplines


Roadshow 2018

Where we went in 2018

In 2018 the Roadshow focused on 3 flagship events: one science festival, one music festival and a general festival - alongside a series of regional events

Roadshow 2017

Where we went in 2017

In 2017 the Roadshow went to Brighton, Winchester, Riverfest, Cheltenham, Bristol, BBC Countryfile Live, Bournemouth, Glastonbury and many others

Roadshow awards 2017

Roadshow awards

The Roadshow award is an opportunity to recognise those who have really gone above and beyond in delivering outstanding public engagement activities

Get involved

How to get involved

For all University researchers who are looking to showcase their projects on future Roadshows

Bringing Research to Life

Suggest an event

If you would like to suggest a new event for the Roadshow or would like to invite the Roadshow to visit your event - get in touch

For queries, please contact

Follow the University of Southampton Roadshow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: #UoSRoadshow

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Cheltenham Science Festival
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Acoustic bubbles
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Roadshow Core display at Big Bang fair
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Winchester Science Festival
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Bioenergy stand
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The science tent in Tomorrow's World at Bestival
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Aurora physics activity
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